OVERVIEW

Travis Powers advises clients in all aspects of complex commercial insolvency and restructuring under chapters 7 and 11, and subchapter 5, of the United States Bankruptcy Code, as well as in out-of-court debt workouts and Assignments for the Benefit of Creditors. Through the representation of several multi-national corporations and financial institutions, Travis has been involved ins several of the nation’s largest bankruptcy cases. In addition, Travis is an experienced commercial litigator, having represented some of the country’s largest special servicers in large-area commercial real property foreclosure actions in both state and federal courts throughout the country, including highly contested foreclosures of over one million square feet of commercial real estate in Central and Western New York.

Prior to joining White and Williams, Travis was an associate in the Restructuring & Insolvency practice group at an Am Law 50 international law firm located in the New York metropolitan area. Before practicing law, Travis served in the United States Marine Corps as a Marine One helicopter guard for former United States president Bill Clinton. Also, during his Marine Corps service, Travis was a military policeman stationed in Okinawa, Japan, where he acted as liaison between local police and military personnel on several military installations located throughout the region.

 

Recognition and Involvement

Recognition & Involvement

Travis is recognized in the 2022 and 2023 editions of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch for Commercial Litigation. He is also a 2018 M&A Advisor Turnaround Award Winner: Healthcare/Life Sciences Deal of the Year. Travis was also selected as a 2017 National Association of Bankruptcy Judges Next Generation participant.

Credentials

Bar and Court Admissions

Minnesota

New Jersey

New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of New York

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of New Jersey

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York

Education

St. John’s University School of Law, L.L.M. (Bankruptcy), 2010

The University of Tulsa College of Law, J.D., 2009

University of Maryland, B.A., 2004

News & Insights

  • 12.2.22 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
  • 8.17.22 | Financial Restructuring and Bankruptcy Alert
  • Fraudulent Transfer Liability under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act: For Statute of Limitations Purposes, is Such Liability Grounded in Fraud of Created by Statute?, 20 Norton J. Bankr. L & Prac. 4 Art. 5, 2011
    8.5.22
  • Creating Consistency: The Supreme Court's Decision in Mission Products Holding, Inc. vs. Tempnology, LLC, Franchise Law Journal, 2019
    8.5.22
  • 3rd Circ. Ruling Gives 363 Asset Purchasers More Security, Law360, March 7, 2014
    8.5.22
  • Post-Petition Exercise of a Trade Vendor's UCC Rights to Stop Delivery and Demand Cash Payments, ABI Unsecured Trade Creditor's Committee Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2013
    8.5.22
  • Inadequate Shorthand: The Circuit Courts are Split as to whether there is a 'Remains Unpaid' Requirement in the New Value Exception to Preference Liability, 22 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 4 Art. 5, 2013
    8.5.22
  • H.R. Bill 100 Seeks to Amend Title 11 to protect Employee Benefits and Curb Excessive Executive Compensation, ABI Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2013
    8.5.22
  • First Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies Previous Guidance in Circuit on Committee Rights to Intervene in Adversary Proceedings, Client Alert, December 7, 2017
    8.5.22
  • Strong Arming Chapter 11: The (In)Validity of 'Gifting' in Corporate Reorganization from SPM to DBSD, 2005 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 9, 2011
    8.5.22
  • Ninth Circuit Finds No General Alter-Ego Cause of Action under California Law, 30-Mar Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22, 2011
    8.5.22
  • In Pari Delicto Not a Bar to a Bankruptcy Trustee's Recovery, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 30, No. 8, 2013
    8.5.22

Memberships

Turnaround Management Association

American Legion

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Representation of Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy resulting from multi-billion Ponzi scheme
  • Debtor’s counsel for Chapter 11 bankruptcy of national medical services provider
  • Representation of Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of national lumber company
  • Counsel to agricultural food staple provider in bankruptcy adversary proceeding alleging securities violations
  • Representation of Unsecured Creditors’ Committee in Chapter 11 bankruptcy of west coast based lifestyle company
  • Debtor’s counsel in chapter 11 of Western New York hospitality provider
  • Representation of international vehicle fleet lender in various actions relating to the bankruptcy of regional dealership
  • Bankruptcy counsel to aircraft lessors in Chapter 11 of one of the largest United States-based air carriers
  • Counsel to special servicer in foreclosure of one of New York’s largest parcels of commercial real property outside of New York City
  • Publication

    Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure Amended In Response to Small Business Reorganization Act of 2019
  • Publication

    Second Circuit Finds Willful Stay Violation in Foreclosure Sale of Non-Debtor’s Real Property
  • Publication

    3rd Circ. Ruling Gives 363 Asset Purchasers More Security, Law360, March 7, 2014
  • Publication

    Post-Petition Exercise of a Trade Vendor's UCC Rights to Stop Delivery and Demand Cash Payments, ABI Unsecured Trade Creditor's Committee Newsletter, Vol. 11, No. 1, February 2013
  • Publication

    Fraudulent Transfer Liability under the Uniform Fraudulent Transfer Act: For Statute of Limitations Purposes, is Such Liability Grounded in Fraud of Created by Statute?, 20 Norton J. Bankr. L & Prac. 4 Art. 5, 2011
  • Publication

    Ninth Circuit Finds No General Alter-Ego Cause of Action under California Law, 30-Mar Am. Bankr. Inst. J. 22, 2011
  • Publication

    First Circuit Court of Appeals Clarifies Previous Guidance in Circuit on Committee Rights to Intervene in Adversary Proceedings, Client Alert, December 7, 2017
  • Publication

    Inadequate Shorthand: The Circuit Courts are Split as to whether there is a 'Remains Unpaid' Requirement in the New Value Exception to Preference Liability, 22 J. Bankr. L. & Prac. 4 Art. 5, 2013
  • Publication

    Creating Consistency: The Supreme Court's Decision in Mission Products Holding, Inc. vs. Tempnology, LLC, Franchise Law Journal, 2019
  • Publication

    In Pari Delicto Not a Bar to a Bankruptcy Trustee's Recovery, The Bankruptcy Strategist, Vol. 30, No. 8, 2013
  • Publication

    Strong Arming Chapter 11: The (In)Validity of 'Gifting' in Corporate Reorganization from SPM to DBSD, 2005 Norton Annual Survey of Bankruptcy Law 9, 2011
  • Publication

    H.R. Bill 100 Seeks to Amend Title 11 to protect Employee Benefits and Curb Excessive Executive Compensation, ABI Labor and Employment Committee Newsletter, Vol. 9, No. 2, May 2013
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